October 27, 2017

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown airs Sunday October 29, 2017 + ratings note

Just a reminder that the full, unedited It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown will air Sunday, October 29, 2017 from 8 - 9 PM (Eastern/Pacific) on ABC. It will be accompanied by a shortened version You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown, as usual.

As you know, this year as in the past several Octobers, ABC has shown It's the Great Pumpkin twice, where the first showing is an edited version of the classic Peanuts special, paired with the made-for-TV spinoff Toy Story of Terror (based on a property owned by ABC parent company Disney). You may wonder, which gets better ratings, It's the Great Pumpkin or Toy Story of Terror?

You'll be pleased to hear the answer this year, as in 2015 and 2016, is It's the Great Pumpkin, which has outshone Toy Story of Terror each time. (Sources: 2017, 2016, 2015.) The second Great Pumpkin broadcast also always does respectably in the ratings.  Which may lead you to wonder, as we do, why ABC doesn't just air the full Great Pumpkin to begin with!  Oh well, better late than never...

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